James 1:1-15 (New American Standard)

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Testing Your Faith

1 a1James, a 2bond-servant of God and 3of the Lord Jesus Christ, To 4the twelve tribes who are b5dispersed abroad: 6Greetings. 2 7Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter 8various ctrials, 3 knowing that 9the testing of your 10faith produces d11endurance. 4 And let e12endurance have its perfect fresult, so that you may be g13perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. 5 But if any of you 14lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all generously and hwithout reproach, and 15it will be given to him. 6 But he must 16ask in faith 17without any doubting, for the one who doubts is like the surf of the sea, 18driven and tossed by the wind. 7 For that man ought not to expect that he will receive anything from the Lord, 8 being a i19double-minded man, 20unstable in all his ways. 9 21But the jbrother of humble circumstances is to glory in his high position ; 10 and the rich man is to glory in his humiliation, because 22like kflowering grass he will pass away. 11 For the sun rises with l23a scorching wind and 24withers the grass ; and its flower falls off and the beauty of its appearance is destroyed ; so too the rich man in the midst of his pursuits will fade away. 12 25Blessed is a man who perseveres under trial ; for once he has mbeen approved, he will receive 26the crown of life which the Lord 27has promised to those who 28love Him. 13 Let no one say when he is tempted, "29I am being tempted nby God "; for God cannot be tempted oby evil, and He Himself does not tempt anyone. 14 But each one is tempted when he is carried away and enticed by his own lust. 15 Then 30when lust has conceived, it gives birth to sin ; and when 31sin pis accomplished, it brings forth death.
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